Saturday, December 19, 2015

Tabdoon Bread : Beyond Criticisms

Here's a list of the things my husband would say when I make something that is not strictly breakfast, lunch or dinner :

why did you make this?, who would eat that?, this is way too much,  it would have been wiser if you spent that time giving me a message!

My husband is a really nice guy. He is loving, caring and has the warmest heart I've ever seen. He is also very critical and sometimes too sarcastic. ( I think that's his way of protecting his tender heart so  people don't take advantage of him..but that's just my theory).

On the old days when we first got married, this part of his personality bothered me.  I took every comment personally and I would often get sad or angry and declare a fight.

But as time passed, I realized that he doesn't really mean anything personal by his comments, that it was just his way of expressing himself and I actually began to like his sarcasm. I appreciate the humor behind theme and the ice-breaking quality of these little sarcastic comments. We would often laugh so hard for a few minutes over something radical he said or remember past incidents and joke over them. It became our thing.

A few weeks ago I made this bread for the first time. My husband came from work tired and hungry and lunch was not ready yet. I presented him with these and got myself ready to hear some serious grumble.

 He took one bite, a second and  then a third. Nothing. He didn't say anything !

When my husband can't find anything wrong with the food to pick on that's when I know it's a good recipe.

" You should make us these everyday..."

Wonderful :) :)

Tab'doon Bread Recipe

tab'doon is a traditional  slightly sweet Kuwaiti bread made with dates and aromatic herbs like anise, poppy seeds, sesame seeds or caraway . Sometimes it is stuffed with different stuffings like cheese, za'atar and labneh.


1 cup dates
1 1/2 cup boiling water

1 tsp instant yeast
2 Tbs sugar
1/4 cup lukewarm water

2 cups brown flour
1 cup white flour
4 Tbsp dried milk
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs poppy seed
1 Tbs anise
2 Tbs vegetable oil

melted butter to brush the bread once it's finished


-Mix dates and boiling water in a bowl. Let soak for 30 minutes and then strain. Discard the dates and keep the water.

- Mix yeast, sugar and lukewarm water in a small bowl and let stand until foamy , about 10-15 minutes.

- Mix all dry ingredients plus vegetable oil in a big bowl. Slowly add date water and yeast mixture. Mix well with a spoon and then , on a floured surface, use your hand to knead the dough  until it forms a smooth ball. You might need to add a bit more flour or water in the process. Return to bowl and cover. Let it rest for one and a half hour until to doubles in size.

- Preheat oven to 190 C ( 375 F)

- Take the dough out and punch it down using your fingers. Divide in half and then divide each half to four quarters so you will have eight equal pieces. Roll into small bowls . Arrange in a tray, cover and let stand for half an hour to rise again.

- Smear the bottom of an oven pan with vegetable oil. Set a side.

- Dust a working surface with some flour. Take out dough balls and roll into small circles, but don't roll too thin , you want the discs to have some thickness.

- Using your fingertips poke shallow holes on the top of each disc.

- Arrange discs in the oiled pan. Enter oven for 20 minutes or until bread has risen and browned on top and bottom.

- Once out of the oven brush with melted butter. Enjoy warm as is, or try with a bit of cream cheese on top.


  1. I can't wait to try these Fatemah...they look heavenly!
    Your husband is just like mine and I think over the years I have become just as sarcastic as he is lol

    1. Hhh...I think most Arab guys are like that :D ....Please do try this bread you won't be disappointed

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